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Toyota Has Sold its 50 Millionth Corolla

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When we attended the Canadian launch of the current (and 12th) generation of the Toyota Corolla in May 2019, the company brought up the number of units it had sold of the model globally since its introduction in 1966.

At the time, that figure stood at around 45 million units worldwide, so clearly it was well on its way to reaching 50 million.

That milestone has just been achieved. Toyota announced this week that it has sold the 50 millionth version of the popular model, which holds the crown as the best-selling vehicle of all time.

In Canada, the counter sits roughly at 1.6 million. Note that the car made its debut in 1969 in this country.

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The 1966 Toyota Corolla
Photo: Toyota
The 1966 Toyota Corolla

Is the Corolla’s hold on the crown threatened by another vehicle? Yes, and that would be the Ford F-Series. However, we would need updated figures to properly measure how that battle is progressing; we do know the gap is closing. One thing is certain, though: the Corolla will remain the best-selling car for a long time, even if it’s eventually overtaken as the best-selling vehicle. The next best-selling car is the Volkswagen Golf, by the way.

These says, the Corolla is available in an increasing variety of trims, which only helps its sales statistics. And with an SUV version being added for 2022 (Corolla Cross), we’ll enjoy the hearty debate about whether to include that model in the sales total for the Corolla going forward. Automakers’ marketing departments are surely sharpening their lines of attack on that one.

But that’s for another day. Right now is for Toyota to celebrate what is without question a remarkable milestone.

See also:

2003 Toyota Corolla LE Road Test

2004 Toyota Corolla XRS Preview

2005 Toyota Corolla XRS Road Test

2005 Toyota Corolla CE Special Edition Road Test

2006 Toyota Corolla SE Review

2006 Toyota Corolla XRS Review

2008 Toyota Corolla CE 20th Anniversary Road Test

2009 Toyota Corolla CE Review

2010 Toyota Corolla: Auto123.com's Reaction

2011 Toyota Corolla S Review

2012 Toyota Corolla LE Review

2013 Toyota Corolla LE Review

2014 Toyota Corolla S Review

2015 Toyota Corolla LE ECO Review

2017 Toyota Corolla: 50 years and multiple personalities

Review of the 2019 Toyota Corolla: Lying in Wait for the Next Gen

First Drive of the 2020 Toyota Corolla: En Route to 50 Million Sold

 

The 2021 Toyota Corolla lineup
Photo: Toyota
The 2021 Toyota Corolla lineup